How To Build A Swimming Platform

The best swimming platform is a durable, sturdy platform structure. It should have enough room for family and friends to gather on. The space should be protected from the sun by having some shade. Let’s get to it. Take your 2 x 4s, and using 1/2 inch plywood and finish nails, build the outside of your platform. You will want to attach the sides together with right angle brackets along the lower edge of each side. This will prevent slopping or sagging as time goes by and make for a much safer platform for you and your family.

Summer is a great time for relaxing by the lake and enjoying the water. But how can you make your lake experience even better? With a swimming platform. A swimming platform is something you will get a lot of value out of, whether you’re into kayaking, boating or just having long relaxing swims I’d highly recommend building one this summer.

What is a swimming platform?

A swimming platform is a platform that you can stand on while in the water. Typically, it’s made of wood and placed in a lake or river for fishing purposes. It’s also sometimes used to access deeper waters where people want to swim without being surrounded by weeds or mud.

In most cases, swimming platforms are quite simple structures; they’re basically just large pieces of wood with four legs attached to them for stability in rough waters.

Necessary materials.

Materials for a swimming platform are pretty straightforward. You’ll need some wood, screws or nails, paint or stain, and other basic supplies. Avoid materials that will warp or rot over time. Most importantly, don’t skimp on the construction itself! The platform should be sturdy enough to support your weight even in rough waters if not more so than usual so make sure it won’t fall apart when you’re out there swimming.


  • What size do I build? A standard size is 4’x8′, which can hold up to 400 pounds per square foot; however if you have larger than average feet then consider making yours bigger so they don’t hit them when your leg moves underneath while treading water (or whatever else). If you’re unsure what size works best then just ask someone who’s built one before. They know better than anyone else whether or not something needs tweaking before going live with it.

Get building.

Now that you have a good idea of what needs to be done, it’s time to get started.

  • Remove the grass from the area you want to build on. This can be done with a shovel or a sod cutter if you wish to keep the grass for another purpose (like making compost or mulch).
  • Prepare the area with a layer of sand. This will help anchor your platform and keep it from shifting during use, as well as prevent any water damage from occurring below ground level from seeping through cracks in your structure later down the line.
  • Build a sturdy platform one that is strong enough under load so that no one has an accident because their footing was questionable. Make sure there are no large holes where water could collect after swimming sessions; those who stand on wet decks may slip and fall onto hard concrete floors inside homes nearby thus causing injuries such as broken bones or concussions due to trauma sustained upon impact against hard surfaces like walls within their own homes.

Looking after your platform.

Patios and decks are exposed to the elements, so it’s important to keep them in good condition. The easiest way to do this is by following these five simple rules:

  • Keep it clean – sweep or hose down your platform regularly, then dry it off with a towel. This will prevent mould and mildew from taking hold.
  • Keep it dry – if you get a lot of rain in your area, you could place an umbrella over fresh painted areas for protection until they’re completely dry. If there’s no need for an umbrella, use plastic sheeting as needed to avoid water damage on rainy days (be sure not to let any moisture seep through).
  • Keep it safe – lock valuables away from animals like squirrels and raccoons who might try to take up residence under your patio or deck. They could also leave droppings that could cause health problems if ingested so make sure nothing edible ends up within reach of these critters. Your dog won’t be able to resist those tasty treats either.

Final thoughts.

A swimming platform is a great addition to any pool, especially if your home is located near the water. It can make your pool more useful and fun by providing a place where you can relax, sunbathe and swim. A platform also allows you to store kayaks, boats and other equipment so they are out of harm’s way when not in use. Finally, having a barbecue on your swimming platform will give you an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family or friends.

A swimming platform is something you will get a lot of value out of, whether you’re into kayaking, boating or just having long relaxing swims – I’d highly recommend building one this summer.

A swimming platform is something you will get a lot of value out of, whether you’re into kayaking, boating or just having long relaxing swims – I’d highly recommend building one this summer.

If your current boat has a swim platform installed, it’s probably because the previous owner enjoyed spending time in the water with their boat. However, if your boat doesn’t have one yet, there are several reasons why adding one would be beneficial:

  • Swimming platforms are great for relaxing and hanging out with friends while soaking up some sun (or catching some rays!)
  • You can use them for fishing and other activities on your boat
  • They increase safety by increasing accessibility to watercrafts

Final words

In this article we talked about what a platform is and how to build one, but there are many more uses for platforms. You can use them in boating, kayaking, swimming and many other water related activities. I hope this article has given you some ideas on how to incorporate one into your life.

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